San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Nayara Alto Atacama
What it is
A sustainable lodge hidden away in red rock country, with earthy rooms, turquoise dipping pools and a locally inspired spa.
What it isn't
Boring. Excursions here include exploring the salt flat and guided stargazings at what will surely be the most jaw-dropping constellations you’ve ever seen at their observatory.
What we think
There’s a reason the Atacama Desert tops plenty of bucket lists—the otherworldly destination is teeming with everything from butterflies to penguins (yes, penguins) within its topographically diverse 991 square mile footprint. There’s arguably no better place to explore it from than Nayara Alto Atacama, where guest rooms seem to reflect the surrounding landscape in shades of resplendent earth. Even the “starter” room category wows, with a thatch roof-shaded private terrace (ringed by Andean vegetable gardens and trees) and gratis drinks galore in the minibar. Tilo Suites are favorites of repeat guests; they sit overlooking the native Andean lagoon and Salt Mountain range, and have outdoor showers on their expansive private patios.
You're here because
The resort is as sustainable as it can be, with local (and thermally efficient) architecture, its own reverse osmosis water plant, locavore gardens and scholarships for indigenous students.
Hot tubs may never do it for you again. Because today, steeping in the spa’s mineral baths overlooking a sweeping view of the Catarpe Valley, you’re feeling like you’ve (finally!) arrived.
Restaurants & Bars
Caur - Fresh, organic products, that goes directly to your table.
The middle of nowhere (and that’s the point). The hotel provides transfers—an hour and 15 minute drive—from Calama airport, a two hour flight from Santiago.